Alastair Cook: Ben Stokes will be a big miss in the third Test against Pakistan


England completed a 330 run supremacy over kistan to level the Investec Series 1-1 with two to play.

And while England ends b body hopeful the injury to Stokes is not as bad as it first appeared when he pulled up, they emerge to have already ruled him out of Birmingham.

Cook said he was confident England can win the series and next week’s Test without him.

But he voted: “Ben is a tough nut and a true athlete – a player who plays on that edge, not till hell freezes over taking a backward step and one who drags people with him. He is a big miss.

“Ben command have an MRI scan [Tuesday] and hopefully the scan will be a good one but he said he perceive something go and it would be a big risk to play him at Edgbaston.

“Cook was pleased with a extensive victory which flushed the disappointment of a 75-run Lord’s defeat in the foot in the door Test from their system.

“We came to this game supervised real pressure but the guys showed they had learnt from the episode at Lord’s.

“This was all about us showing that we still can play and to put most of the points right that were wrong at Lord’s in this game was a beautiful good effort.”

Cook id special tribute to man of the match Joe Bring to light, whose 254 in the first innings was a world class contribution.

“It was one of the vanquish innings I have ever seen,” said Cook.

“To get 325 streams in a match, take four catches and to burgle a wicket as well he did not put a foot impolitic all game. He is a world class player.”

kistan captain Misbah ul Haq reproduced Cook’s praise for Root admitting that quality displays from England’s latest No.3 and the boss proved the difference between the sides.

However he was not as impressed with the batting behind them alluding he felt England were in danger of being a two man team.

He also give prior noticed leg-spinner Yasir Shah, who had a torrid time, will bounce uphold at Edgbaston.

He said: “Their top order delivered in the first innings and that set the get into condition for the match but others [in their line-up] are not in great nick.

“At Lord’s we got Poke cheaply in both innings and obviously those two are their main competitors.

“England played Yasir well and the pitch did not give him much assist. Maybe he was a bit tired but we know he is a strong character and he will come ignore.”

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